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Romania Design, North Carolina Newspapers, Genealogy Photography, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 19, 2019

NEW RESOURCES

Calvert Journal: A digital archive is recovering half a century of communist Romania’s eclectic visual culture. “Romanian culture zine Kajet Journal has launched a digital archive of the country’s communist-era print culture, marking 30 years since the December 1989 Revolution that toppled the country’s socialist regime. The research project makes hundreds of scans from books, booklets, DIY manuals, newspapers, and periodicals, produced between 1947 and 1989, available to the general public.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

State Archives of North Carolina: Early Newspapers Added to DigitalNC. “In 2009, the North Carolina Digitization Project allowed the State Archives to digitize newspapers that were, up until that time, only available on microfilm. Made possible by a LSTA grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina, it included papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1789-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).”

USEFUL STUFF

Genealogy’s Star: How to take better photos for genealogy: Part One. “Because of the advanced programming of the newer cameras, we do not have to become ‘professional’ level photographers to take care of the mechanics of taking a photograph. Granted, a professional-level photographer can make outstanding photos, but with some instruction and a good digital camera, genealogists can make good photographs and with some practice, their photos can become even better in the future.”

How-To Geek: How to Count Data Matching Set Criteria in Google Sheets. “The COUNTIF function in Google Sheets lets you analyze data in your spreadsheet and returns the number of times it appears in your document if it meets a set of specific criteria. Here’s how to use it.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

New York Times: The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.. “Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous ‘I Want My MTV’ cable boom of the 1980s. It is happening again. The long-promised streaming revolution — the next great leap in how the world gets its entertainment — is finally here.”

The Verge: Social networks have been weaponized for the impeachment hearings. “Impeachment hearings got underway in the House of Representatives this week, as you likely noticed from the wall-to-wall coverage. The process involves the sort of high-stakes, highly partisan events that naturally dominate social feeds. What television was to impeachment in the 1970s and 1990s, Facebook and Twitter — and YouTube and maybe TikTok — will be to impeachment in 2019.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

CNN: Google requested a trove of documents from the Texas attorney general’s antitrust probe. “Google is calling on Texas’s attorney general to hand over a vast trove of internal documents and communications related to a multi-state antitrust probe of the tech giant, including any information supplied to regulators by Texas’s outside consultants and Google’s chief critics and rivals.”

PC World: Disney+ ‘hack’ panic stresses why you need to use unique passwords. “The scary headlines started popping up almost immediately. ‘Thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale on hacking forums,’ ZDNet proclaimed last week. This morning, the BBC followed up with ‘Disney+ fans without answers after thousands hacked.’ Well, I’ve got an answer for you, and it’s one you’ve probably heard before. Stop reusing passwords across multiple services and websites.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New England Public Radio: ‘Nu’? A Software Program That Reads Yiddish. “New software for searching words in digitized Yiddish books — many originally written in the 19th and early 20th centuries — is about to be unveiled. The search tool will be available via the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Its digital library includes more than 10,000 books in Yiddish — but the current ability to search them is limited.”

Search Engine Land: Misquoted and misunderstood: Why many in the search community don’t believe the WSJ about Google search. “It’s Friday morning. I am stepping into an Uber from outside of the Google NYC offices after a meeting with Google employees who work directly on Google search, and my phone starts lighting up. The Wall Street Journal has published a bombshell story named ‘How Google Interferes With Its Search Algorithms and Changes Your Results.’ At first, I thought maybe the Wall Street Journal had uncovered something. But as I read through page after page while being shuttled down the West Side Highway towards my office in West Nyack, New York, I was in disbelief. Not disbelief over anything Google may have done, but disbelief in how the Wall Street Journal could publish such a scathing story about this when they had absolutely nothing to back it up.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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